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    How America's rich betrayed their fellow citizens

    Anthony J Gaughan


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    Although America has the largest economy in the world, real wages have not gone up since 1972 because most workers have experienced stagnating incomes for decades. Across the country middle-income Americans face a precarious economic future. Median income has fallen in over 80% of America’s counties since 2000, a trend that is accelerating. Even mortality rates reflect growing income inequality. Poor and rural Americans now die at rates well above that of wealthy and urban Americans.
    In the past, wealth came with responsibility. Today’s rich avoid taxes, military service, and charitable giving. No wonder we’re seeing a populist backlash
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentis...ity?CMP=twt_gu


    "May the long time sun
    Shine upon you,
    All love surround you,
    And the pure light within you
    Guide your way on."

    "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
    Aristotle

    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
    Mohandas Gandhi

    Be the light that is within.

  • #2
    47% of Americans are broke.



    The Secret Shame of Middle Class Americans

    Neal Gabler May 2016


    snip


    "The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all. Four hundred dollars! Who knew?

    Well, I knew. I knew because I am in that 47 percent."


    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/...-shame/476415/
    "May the long time sun
    Shine upon you,
    All love surround you,
    And the pure light within you
    Guide your way on."

    "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
    Aristotle

    “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
    Mohandas Gandhi

    Be the light that is within.

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    • #3
      U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

      By SABRINA TAVERNISEAPRIL 22, 2016

      WASHINGTON — Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.

      The suicide rate for middle-aged women, ages 45 to 64, jumped by 63 percent over the period of the study, while it rose by 43 percent for men in that age range, the sharpest increase for males of any age. The overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, which released the study on Friday.
      ...
      “This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health,” said Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard and the author of “Our Kids,” an investigation of new class divisions in America.
      ...
      Dr. Alex Crosby, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said he had studied the association between economic downturns and suicide going back to the 1920s and found that suicide was highest when the economy was weak. One of the highest rates in the country’s modern history, he said, was in 1932, during the Great Depression, when the rate was 22.1 per 100,000, about 70 percent higher than in 2014.

      “There was a consistent pattern,” he said, which held for all ages between 25 and 64. “When the economy got worse, suicides went up...
      ...

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/he...year-high.html
      "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
      -Nelson Mandela

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      • #4
        NIH Spends Millions on Hopped-Up Honeybees and Sexy Goldfish, Then Asks for Zika Funding

        Philip Wegmann / @PhilipWegmann / May 10, 2016 /
        ...
        The Arizona Republican’s oversight report—”Twenty Questions: Government Studies That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head“—highlights $35 million worth of federally funded research projects of dubious merit.
        ...
        The overseas Ebola epidemic, Flake’s office said, provided the original impetus for this study. In 2014 the director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, complained that lack of government funding hampered the agency’s effort to develop a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

        It did not, however, keep the NIH from spending part of its $32 billion budget to study the appearance of Jesus Christ’s face on toast, the musical preferences of monkeys, and the contagious nature of yawning.

        Flake, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, argues that the funding would be better deployed to find “treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and viral infections such as Zika and Ebola.”
        ...
        The Oregon Health & Science University spent $5 million studying whether zebra finches altered their singing habits when intoxicated. Researchers found that alcohol “measurable affects the song” of inebriated avian.

        A researcher at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Gene Robinson, spent $242,600 in taxpayer funds to observe the impact of cocaine on honeybees. When hopped up on the stimulant, the insects are “about twice as likely to dance,” he found.

        At Bowdoin College in Maine, researchers spent $3.6 million on a study entitled “The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy: How Brain Chemistry Affects Social Judgment.” Toward that end, scientists asked, “What makes goldfish feel sexy?” Researchers discovered that when given sex steroids, male goldfish exhibited more social behavior and swam closer to their female counterparts.
        ...
        http://dailysignal.com/2016/05/10/ni...-zika-funding/

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        ”Twenty Questions: Government Studies That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head

        http://www.flake.senate.gov/public/_...s---report.pdf
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
        -Nelson Mandela

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        • #5
          Forever in our hearts...


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          "May the long time sun
          Shine upon you,
          All love surround you,
          And the pure light within you
          Guide your way on."

          "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
          Aristotle

          “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
          Mohandas Gandhi

          Be the light that is within.

          Comment


          • #6
            Futures imply S&P, Nasdaq to open down 5% after UK votes to leave EU

            http://www.cnbc.com/2016/06/23/us-markets.html

            "May the long time sun
            Shine upon you,
            All love surround you,
            And the pure light within you
            Guide your way on."

            "Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling."
            Aristotle

            “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
            Mohandas Gandhi

            Be the light that is within.

            Comment


            • #7
              The UK's EU referendum: All you need to know

              By Brian Wheeler & Alex HuntBBC News
              • 15 minutes ago
              • This article is designed to be an easy-to-understand guide now that the UK has voted to leave the European Union.
              What has happened?

              A referendum - a vote in which everyone (or nearly everyone) of voting age can take part - was held on Thursday 23 June, to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union.

              Leave won by 52% to 48%.

              The referendum turnout was 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. It was the highest turnout in a UK-wide vote since the 1992 general election.
              ...


              What happens now?

              For the UK to leave the EU it has to invoke an agreement called Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
              ...
              http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-32810887

              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela

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